What does the family court committee do?
The committee meets three times per year to discuss current issues facing family magistrates and propose improvements to the operation of the family court and family magistracy.
The committee drafts and approves publications about the family court including consultation responses, briefings and reports.
The committee wants to improve the operation of the family court by:
- reducing conflict and encouraging mediation in family cases
- ensuring magistrates hear adequate levels of family law cases
- ensuring magistrates are appropriately trained and supported to achieve transparency.
Appointment to the committee
Vacancies on the committee are advertised in the summer each year. Appointment is based on merit and candidates are put forward by the chair of the committee to the MA policy board who have final approval of appointments to committees.
- Chair: Tracy Sortwell JP, Cambridgeshire
- Deputy Chairs: Sara Pye JP, Nottinghamshire and Helen Jones JP, South West London
- Paul Brearley JP, Greater Manchester
- Catherine Greenwood JP, Cheshire
- Bob Harper JP, Wolds and South Yorkshire
- Nicholas Haynes JP, Gwent
- Harvey Nash JP, West Sussex
- Bert Provan JP, South and South East London
- Gill Rice JP, Birmingham
- Nora Sopworth JP, Lancashire
If you have any queries regarding this committee, please contact Helen Richardson, Policy and Research Officer.